Carols and Performance Schedule for Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On

We’re delighted to welcome you to Buckingham’s Christmas Lights Switch On 2021! This year will see a number of fantastic additions to the event including a FREE giant snow globe, music and dance performances and our biggest ever festive gift market.

Cattle pens area:

4pm onwards:
Christmas Market stalls & entertainment, including FREE giant Snow Globe and meeting Elf on the Shelf.

4-5pm
Strictly Recorders

5.30-6pm
Song and dance performance from Stagecoach

Main stage (Market Hill area):

6.15-6.30pm:
Winslow Concert Band

6.30pm:
Town Crier

6.35pm:
Welcome from the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley

6.40pm:
Carols with Suzy Smith of Bittersweet Music

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gathering winter fuel

Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou knowst it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?
Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes fountain.

Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I shall see him dine
When we bear them thither.
Page and monarch, forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude winds wild lament
And the bitter weather

6.45pm:
The Mayor’s Chaplain: Rev. Tim Edworthy

6.50pm:
Ding dong! Merrily on high
in heav’n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv’n with angel singing.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E’en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And “Io, io, io!”
By priest and people sungen.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rhyme
Your evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

6.55pm:
Poem by Sami the Bard of Buckingham

7pm:
The Mayor of Buckingham begins the countdown and the Christmas Lights are turned on

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And a cup of good cheer!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring it out here!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We all know that Santa’s coming,
We all know that Santa’s coming,
We all know that Santa’s coming,
And soon will be here.

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
And a Happy New Year!

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin;
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

7-7.15pm:
Winslow Concert Band

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With thanks to all of our volunteers and traders, musicians and performers, residents and visitors for joining Buckingham Town Council tonight and throughout 2021 to Celebrate Buckingham.